This project was not the best way to start, but I can say that I learned a lot about my work ethic coming out of a break.
Lack of work hours resulted in lack of total work.
For the first two weeks(the timeframe of the Bytesize project) Outside of class I only completed about 3.5h outside of class. I believe this was caused by a combination of two main factors. The first being that I still feel like I do not have the necessary skills to be where I am today. A feeling that I have lucked my way through and have no right to be here. This is frustrating as I know that it is not true. As I have a lot of respect for my past and current facilitators. And I do not believe they would have let me progress to this point if they did not think I was capable. The second factor. Is that I did not feel that I entirely knew what to do with the project, but did not make more of an effort to reach out to my facilitator for guidance. That is on me, and requires me to be more proactive.
I have already begun to mitigate some of these. In that I have gotten some feedback for research tasks to motivate me to work. As researching is something that in the past has helped me get into a work mindset. Might be worthwhile for me to plan the start of each day to cover a short research topic. And to do with the skills garbage, I just need to have more faith in myself. And break things down until I feel that I am able to complete them. In the 5 minutes to midnight class, the facilitator covered a great way to approach tasks. By breaking them down, the same way that I have done in the past but in a more aggressively systematic way. This is something I feel will be beneficial and easy to implement upfront.
Learning through Implementation.
One big thing that I have really clued into during this project is that I learn best through implementation. But it’s not that simple. I need to understand what I am implementing at least in its most basic form. This is not really a revolutionary revelation. As it is the basis for how this course is structured. In the past lots of my work has been a result of “just get it done” this has not been the best way to actually learn from my work. As a lot of the implementation has been other peoples solutions hacked together, to make it work. Now these solutions have worked but the real issue is that I have not truly understood as to why the solutions have worked. So I plan to make a stronger effort to dive in further to how all the little bits and pieces work.
Short term: Start the day with some quick research for motivation. Systematically dismantle the task at hand until it is in its smallest parts. Make an effort to understand each of the parts.
Long term: I plan to keep tracking my progress and reflect after each project on how I went about implementing the solutions to the problems of past projects.